Best of the Web
An excellent glossary to Herman Melville's book.
There are a number of complex webs of allusion in Billy Budd. This dedicated professor has chased down the vast majority of them for you.
A photo of the renowned author. Note how confident and upright he looks, and remember that this is before his career took a nosedive. Why do we keep this image in our heads instead of the aged Melville, poor and alone?